From Library Journal
Woolf scholar DeSalvo (Hunter Coll.) worked seven years reassembling and editing this unpublished novel from early drafts among Woolf's papers and first published a scholarly edition of the book in 1982. This trade edition contains a new introduction by DeSalvo and eliminates much of the scholarly apparatus that accompanied the first version. The book traces the emotional and sexual awakening of a young British woman traveling abroad, and large portions of it appeared in Woolf's first published novel, The Voyage Out. In her introduction, DeSalvo argues that the book's themes reflect Woolf's own struggles with mental health following the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her half-brother Gerald Duckworth. This book has been criticized by Woolf's great-nephew Julian Bell, and the publication in trade format has generated protest from those who don't believe Woolf would have wanted this novel in print. Still, what is here is the earliest work of one of the great writers of the 20th century. Readers will get a glimpse of the young artist working to find the voice and style that would later produce masterpieces like Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse. In this regard, readers of Woolf will want to read this early effort, which is more conventional than her later works. For literary collections. Ron Ratliff, Kansas State Univ. Lib., Manhattan
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